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Fantasy Pool Look: Satan lovin' Shaw

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Fantasy Pool Look: Satan lovin' Shaw

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Miroslav Satan has 15 points in his last 12 games for the Islanders. Brad Shaw has been coach of the Islanders for 12 games.

Prior to that, Satan had 28 points in 42 games under head coach Steve Stirling. Is this a coincidence? No.

Satan watched his ice time and value to the team increase when Shaw took over, and his fantasy owners could not be happier.

By the same token, current Isles leading scorer Alexei Yashin had 38 points under Stirling, but has only seven since the change.

Clearly Shaw has found his favorite. Satan is now the go to guy on Long Island and Yashin has found himself nailed to the bench at times.

Naturally, Satan's good fortune has spread to his linemates. Michael York has 11 points in 12 games while Trent Hunter (six points) and Mark Parrish (nine points), who have both played alongside Satan recently, are benefiting since Shaw's appointment.

The Islanders may not be winning very many games (six of those 12), but poolies don't care about the Ws. They care about the production of their players, and there is one line on Long Island that is producing big time right now - Satan and whomever he plays withÂ…

Here is some info that will be under the radar of most owners in your pool: Martin Erat of Nashville had five points in five games prior to missing a pair of games with a hip flexor. When he returned, he picked up where he left off and has five points in five games since. A quick tally on my calculator gives me - ten points in ten games. He is playing with Paul Kariya and will continue to pick up points as long as he is thereÂ…

Toronto's Jason Allison has eight points in his last six games. The 30-year-old is having an excellent comeback after missing game action for the better part of three years. As long as the Leafs are in contention for that final playoff spot, Allison will remain with the team. If they ever fall in the standings, look for him to be moved to a Western Conference team in need of a skilled center (Calgary comes to mind)Â…

Injuries, from a fantasy pool perspective: Philadelphia superstar Peter Forsberg will not be in the lineup Wednesday night as previously thought. He tweaked his groin in practice and will likely miss the rest of the pre-Olympic games. His appearance in the Olympics is also in doubtÂ…Forsberg's teammate Petr Nedved (also out with a groin) should play Wednesday nightÂ…Pittsburgh's Michel Ouellet was helped off the ice on Monday after hitting the boards knee first. He will be fine after the Olympics, and may even get into one game prior to the breakÂ…

Farm Report: Newly acquired Blues prospect Timofei Shishkanov had two points in each of his first two games for his new American League team, the Peoria Rivermen. The 22-year-old was acquired in the Mike Sillinger deal and should make the big club next season. He has an upside of 65 points in the NHL on the second line.

Darryl Dobbs' Fantasy Hockey Pool Look is an in-depth presentation of player trends, injuries and much more as it pertains to rotisserie pool leagues. Get the edge in your league - check out the latest scoop every Wednesday and Friday. Also find the top 250 roto-player rankings on the first of every month in THN's Fantasy section.

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Fantasy Pool Look: Satan lovin' Shaw